Hunt for Swedish PM killer takes Stieg Larsson twist

Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:37am EST
 
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By Alistair Scrutton

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's greatest unsolved murder mystery has taken another twist - revelations that Swedish crime blockbuster novelist writer Stieg Larsson had sent police evidence linking Prime Minister Olof Palme's 1986 murder to South Africa.

Svenska Dagbladet newspaper reported on Tuesday the novelist behind "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" sent police 15 boxes of papers that he said linked Palme's shooting to a Swedish former military officer alleged to have links to South African security services.

Books by Larsson, who died of a heart attack in 2004, have sold more than 75 million copies in 50 countries.

The latest report has made headlines across Sweden, where, just as with Kennedy's assassination in the United States, Palme's killing has spawned a legion of conspiracy theories.

Palme, a vocal critic of the apartheid regime in South Africa at the time, was shot as he walked along a street in central Stockholm late on February 28 after going to the cinema with his wife.

A petty criminal was found guilty of the crime in 1989 but was released later that year on appeal. Police were widely accused of bungling the investigation.

The Swede suspected by Larsson of the killing, Bertil Wedin, denied being involved and told Svenska Dagbladet: "I have nothing to lose from the truth being established since I am luckily not the murderer."

Deputy Prosecutor-General Kerstin Skarp, who leads the continuing police inquiry into the killing, told the newspaper that Wedin "is not someone that we are pursuing with any intensity at the moment".   Continued...

 
Roses are laid on a plaque marking the location where Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot and killed on a street in Stockholm February 28, 2011. REUTERS/Bob Strong